The brand of your machine determines for a part how long it will last approximately. There is obviously a difference between a machine that cost $300 and a machine that costs more than $1000. The major difference we found always is the use of materials in the machines. For example, brands like Bosch, Panasonic and LG makes their machines of high-quality materials, which means that these machines last a very long time. But buying a cheap washing machine does not always mean that you are the cheapest. Nothing is impossible with home appliances. Many people ask themselves the question; is it worth or trouble to have my machine repaired myself? Of course it is always worth using our tips to see what the problem is and whether it might be simple and cheap to solve. Below are the most common failures you can easily fix it yourself.

Water remains in the drum.
This means that the water does not drain properly. This can be caused by something in the pump or the filter. Simply unscrew the filter and check that it is clean. If there's something in the filter, then clean the filter properly. Here's how to clean the pump filter..

Not done yet? Check the filter housing and try to turn the vanes of the pump around. Once done, check that the drain hose is not double or clogged and that it is properly in the drain. Also check the drain.

My washing machine does not spin anymore.
It may be the case that the carbon brushes on the engine are worn out. These brushes ensure that the engine and thus the drum can turn. They are fixed in two holders, each with usually two screws on the motor. Just remove them and check that they are well enough to spin. They must easily touch the collector of the engine. If they are up, replace them.
Another possibility is that there is too much or too little in the drum so that there is no good balance when spinning. If this is the case, the machine recognizes this as imbalance and will stop centrifuging. Repairing an unbalanced washing machine could be quite tricky but not impossible.

The drum is no longer running.
If you still hear the engine running, probably the drive belt is off or defective. You can set it up again and tighten it, but we advise to replace it even if it is still intact. Here the back of the machine only needs to be released.

The new belt must be placed around the flywheel of the drum and the shaft of the engine. Make sure you order a belt with the correct length and at least as many grooves as the previous one. The number of the belt is often on it and otherwise you can easily order a new product or service number. Look for the correct numbers under "what is the type number" and "where is the type number"?

My washing machine is leaking.
Take a good look at where the water comes from. Check that the filter if it's properly closed and does not leak. It is also possible that the drain is leaky or blocked. The hoses may also leak behind the machine or may not be properly secured.

Also make sure that the glass of the door is clean and that the cuff (door seal) is also clean and supple. If this is not the case, it may be that it is leaking there. There may also be a hole in the cuff. What is also possible is that the hose from the cockpit to the drain pump is clogged with soap and dirt residue, or is broken.

Maintenance Tips
Maintaining your washing machine regularly can prevent many problems. Below you will find a number of tips to properly maintain your washing machine.

  • Wash regularly at 95 degrees.
  • Proper/Limited detergent dosage.
  • Keep the cuff clean.
  • Keep your soap dish clean.
  • Check the filter regularly.
  • Do not overfill your machine.

Descale your machine
Proper maintenance extends the life of your machine. Follow the above tips carefully and you have longer enjoyment of your machine. These tips apply to all washing machines. For the expected life of your machine, look in the menu under life.

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Misty Jhones